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Posted February 25, 2015 - 04:34 PM

While your into the tranny, it will be a good idea to do your rear axle endplay adjustment that likely has not been done for years

 

http://gardentractor...lay-adjustment/

 

 

Also here's the parts catalog and owners manual

 

http://gardentractor...327-bolens-800/

 

http://gardentractor...-owners-manual/


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:20 PM

Okay fellas, I want to change the oil in the rear end/transaxle.  What oil do I use?  I can't find the answer anywhere.  Thanks again.

 

Like Brian said, don't use the synthetics.  They have additives that will not play nice with the yellow metals in the trans.

 

Look for GL1 Spec oil.  NAPA among other places has it.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 07:11 PM

You will need to use 90weight mineral gear oil, Do Not use a synthetic blend!

 

When you remove the plug and drain most of the oil, remove the bottom case plate to clean out the gunk that built up over the years.

Is there a gasket on the case plate I'll need?


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 07:30 PM

Is there a gasket on the case plate I'll need?

 

Yes, a pressure seal gasket is used on both the top of the tranny and the lower plate.

 

They do tend to survive and can be reused but if yours breaks I do stock them.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 08:37 PM

That's a nice solid start for a restoration.

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:33 PM

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Posted February 26, 2015 - 12:58 AM

Nice tractor. Here's my opinion on painting--it's only original once. I would probably keep rubbing it down and leave it as is. At least for a season or two. You can tear it down and paint it at anytime, but you can't go back. It looks cool to me as is but you're the one that needs to be happy with it.
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Posted February 26, 2015 - 08:40 AM

Tractor supply usually has the GL1 gear oil sinc ea lot of the older farm tractor require it. Troybilt tillers like it too because of the bronze bushings inside.


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Posted February 26, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Welcome to the Bolens world!  ....You have a fine example of an early tube-frame model.

 

One thing I would caution you about:  When the mower deck is removed from the tractor, get in the habit of removing the universal-joint from the PTO shaft.

 

If you accidentally, or deliberately, engage the PTO, the U-joint will flail around, causing damage to itself or the tractor, or both.


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Posted February 28, 2015 - 08:56 PM

You will need to use 90weight mineral gear oil, Do Not use a synthetic blend!

 

When you remove the plug and drain most of the oil, remove the bottom case plate to clean out the gunk that built up over the years.

I made my first trip / visit to Tractor Supply today.  It's about an hour drive from me, so that's the only excuse for having never been.

May I say it is my new Disneyland.  I only walked out with some chicken feed and supplies and the only 90w mineral gear oil they had.

The smallest size was 2 gallons so that's what I got. It'll last a while.  I hope this is the right stuff for the rear. It's 90w, mineral gear oil and says GL-1 on the back.

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Posted February 28, 2015 - 10:06 PM

WOW, what a great looking ole 800 you have there. I'm with the other guys anout leaving it just as it is, it's really in fine shape for it's age.

 

The Bolens guys here will never steer you wrong wth the info you get, some really great guys here to help you out.


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Posted February 28, 2015 - 10:11 PM

I made my first trip / visit to Tractor Supply today.  It's about an hour drive from me, so that's the only excuse for having never been.

May I say it is my new Disneyland.  I only walked out with some chicken feed and supplies and the only 90w mineral gear oil they had.

The smallest size was 2 gallons so that's what I got. It'll last a while.  I hope this is the right stuff for the rear. It's 90w, mineral gear oil and says GL-1 on the back.

 

Mine at Napa usually says 90wt Gear oil  I cant say for sure if this is the same or not, maybe one of the other guys will chime in.


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Posted February 28, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Welcome to the Bolens world!  ....You have a fine example of an early tube-frame model.
 
One thing I would caution you about:  When the mower deck is removed from the tractor, get in the habit of removing the universal-joint from the PTO shaft.
 
If you accidentally, or deliberately, engage the PTO, the U-joint will flail around, causing damage to itself or the tractor, or both.



I once bought a Bolens 1220 very cheap because the guy thought the banging U joint was the engine
knocking. I didn't realize myself till I got it home.

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Posted March 01, 2015 - 01:46 AM

  I hope this is the right stuff for the rear. It's 90w, mineral gear oil and says GL-1 on the back.

 

Yes, that is the gear lube which you should be using!


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Posted March 02, 2015 - 01:18 PM

I started futzing with the 800 today.  I wanted to get the mechanicals checked out and in order.

 

I drained the rear oil and have no idea what oil was in there.  I emailed the guy I bought it from and he said he had no idea because he had never changed it.  Great.  Anyhow, it looked green & smelled burnt/dirty when it came out.  I wiped up the spills with a white paper towel and it was a chocolate brown, so I have no idea what it was other than it was old.  I loosened the bottom plate next and once it'd done draining, I will check for metal and clean the crud.

 

The high/low belt drive selector wasn't working. I couldn't get it to push forward for high gear.  I managed to free that up and it appeared the paddle on that lever rod had twisted and was hitting the side panel.  I flipped it back and all seems good and it will now slide back and forth.

 

The battery tray was solid and in good order.  Beside a few rusted bolts and dirt, everything seems solid.  She's dirty ugly right now but plan on scrubbing her up.  I am waiting on some parts and will move forward once they get here.  I'll keep you posted and thanks again for a the advice (keep it coming). :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

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